The Survivor (Jacob Striker, #1) by Sean SlaterColumbine. Dunblane. Virginia Tech. Winnenden. But Saint Patricks High?
In his first hour back from a six-month leave of absence, Detective Jacob Strikers day quickly turns into a nightmare. He is barely on scene five minutes at his daughters high school when he encounters an Active Shooter situation. Three men wearing hockey masks - Black, White, and Red - have stormed the school with firearms and are killing indiscriminately.
Striker takes immediate action. Within minutes, two of the gunmen are dead and Striker is close to ending the violence.
But the last gunman, Red Mask, does something unexpected. He runs up to his fallen comrade, racks the shotgun, and unloads five rounds into the man, obliterating his face and hands. Before Striker can react, Red Mask flees - and escapes.
Against the clock, Striker investigates the killings for which there is no known motive and no known suspect. Soon his investigation takes him to darker places, and he realizes that everything at Saint Patricks High is not as it appears. The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous his world becomes. Until Striker himself is in the line of fire.
And the violence follows him home.
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Columbine High School Shootings Fast Facts
Ten students were killed in the school library, where Harris and Klebold would commit suicide. Another three people were injured trying to escape the school. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in United States history. In addition to the shootings, the attack involved several homemade bombs. Two of these were placed in the cafeteria, powerful enough to kill or seriously injure all people within the area, although they failed to detonate.
On April 20, , in the small, suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the school day. The boys' plan was to kill hundreds of their peers. With guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed. When the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, and the two murderers were dead ; plus 21 more were injured. The haunting question remains: why did they do it?